One Opinion More Complex Than the Next

The Supreme Court finally appears decently situated to complete its decision making for the term.  Some holdups are still in play including the long since argued case of Gill v. Whitford.  Gill was argued 255 days from the next possible opinion release date of June 14, 2018.  Only 10 cases have taken longer to decide…

Friedrichs as a Per Curiam Decision

The Court released its decision today in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Assn.  The decision which has garnered considerable attention is a single sentence reading: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”  From this we know the Justices split 4-4 and so there was no precedential value to the ruling, and that by doing this the Court…

Mining the Majority Opinion in Lockhart

Yesterday’s opinions in Lockhart showcased some unusual themes for the Court.  Between the majority and dissenting opinions the Justices referenced the Kansas City Royals and the movies Star Wars and Zoolander.  Atypical to say the least.  Here is take a deeper look at the language of Lockhart’s majority opinion using a few text mining and analysis…